Sure, there’s consistent warm weather now and people are no longer “skiing” but rather “spring skiing” on the slopes these days. But haven’t those of us in the foothills been enjoying spring-like temperatures and abundant sunshine since about mid-February? So, I’ve been waiting for a sign that the seasons are really changing and just two short days ago, we got that sign.

Boulder Beer Company announced that their seasonal beer, the Good Trip Tripel, is about to come back into our lives again. This, to me, officially means that spring has sprung. While we may look forward to another spurt of cold weather in the next few weeks, there is no going back to real winter.

The Good Trip Tripel comes around from April through July in 22 ounce bottles and on draft. This Belgian-style, golden-hued brew is self-described as “slightly spicy” and that seems a perfect description for it. At 35 IBU and 9% ABV, the spiciness is complimented with a subtle hop flavor that slows you down just enough to really enjoy the Mt. Hood hops with which it’s been brewed, which is a good thing since this strong ale masks the high alcohol content well.

Though usually partial to the fresh pour from the draft myself, the 22oz bottles actually make this a fantastic option for sipping at the peak of your day hike or ride. It’s refreshing and gives you even more of an excuse to linger over that amazing view of Boulder from above. Since you’re getting in your cardio anyway, you can always chalk it up to carbo-loading to power you back to the car.

Although it’s not on shelves or tap just yet, keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks!



Krista is a native of Nebraska who left all that corn behind for the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. She graduated from the University of Denver with BAs in English and Anthropology and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from CU. In the ceaseless search for inspiration, her passions for writing and culture led her to another great love: Colorado microbreweries. When she’s not trying the new IPA on tap, Krista can be found hiking Chautauqua, running the Boulder Creek Path, or curled up with a good book